NYC Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free

Back when my daughter was in kindergarten, her class got into a conversation about world hunger. Her solution? Just go eat at a restaurant. (Marie Antoinette would have been proud.)

Clearly, my child has been raised on a diet that's heavy on eating out, and why not? New York City has some of the best kid-friendly restaurants anywhere.

Of course, dining out doesn't come cheaply, especially in this town—unless you happen to be a child. For NYC kids, there really is such a thing as a free lunch, brunch, and sometimes even dinner, if you know where to go. At these nine local eateries, you can feed those hungry mouths for the unbeatable price of $0, while you get a break from playing chef. We know what you'll be making tonight: reservations.

25 Rainy Day Activities for Long Island Kids

Rainy days can be good excuses to stay at home and chill out, but there are only so many stories to read and cartoons to watch before restlessness sets in, and we’re just not talking about kids. 

There’s plenty to do on Long Island at indoor venues to help kids blow off steam, get creative, and even learn a thing or two. Here are 25 rainy-day adventures, including a few you can have at home. Check out the guide to indoor play spaces for more ideas, including top places to play indoors in Nassau County and in Suffolk County.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: American Revolution, Outdoor Adventures, Pete the Cat April 17-21

When Philly families consider the wide variety of opportunities for fun in and around the City of Brotherly Love, they can always count on our event calendar to deliver an exciting, educational, and entertaining line up.

Explore the brand new Museum of the American Revolution in Philly as it opens its doors for the first time this week. Use imagination and creativity during Abington Library's Scribble Bots experience. Recognize Earth Day by learning about the environment at Norristown Farm Park or Delaware Museum of Natural History. Get outside to discover daffodils, wood frogs.and other amphibians. Or, perhaps you are a fan of a zany feline named Pete? Check out TheatreWorks USA as they take the stage at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center to present Pete the Cat.

Weekday Fun: Earth Day, Water Cycle Wheel, Free Jazz Concert

Spring break for New York City kids (public school edition) doesn't end until Wednesday, April 19, meaning our guide to 50 spring break events remains in full effect. In addition to those 50 ideas, the Museum of the City of New York offers a cool water-based craft on Monday. On Tuesday, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden launches their regular spring events perfect for toddlers.

Earth Day events get rolling this week, too, with an outdoor celebration in Union Square. A number of theater events featured in our April GoList continue this week, and parents can remain at the ready by keeping our spring event guide and our Events Calendar closely bookmarked.

Weekday Picks: Earthy Fun, Frogs, and a Carnival April 17-21

Ahhhh.... We are soaking up every minute of the warmer temps, sunny skies, and new blossoms now that spring is here. This week leads up to Earth Day and their are plenty of ways to celebrate nature. Taking the kids for a hike and to one of these fun events are great ways to appreciate the planet. See some rare specimens, learn all about frogs, and head out to one of the first spring carnivals of the season. 

To keep tabs on all the fun across Connecticut, check our frequently updated Event Calendar and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Spring Fairs & Festivals in Central Connecticut

April showers bring May flowers, and along with all the colorful blossoms come an array of springtime celebrations. The Hartford and New Haven areas are bursting with exciting outdoor family festivals in April, May, and June. These events feature crafts, delicious treats, family-friendly activities, and boundless fun. So head outside with the children and enjoy all that spring in Central Connecticut has to offer.

Birthday Freebies: How Kids Get Free Stuff and Eat Free in LA and OC

Who doesn't love receiving gifts on birthdays? Rhetorical question: obviously kids love gifts, and parents love free gifts. That's why it's worth knowing about the many SoCal businesses that offer birthday clubs, treats, and freebies for kids on their big day. As the parent, you will need to register the birthday kids—and oftentimes yourself, too, before adding your children as family members. Check the age ranges on the offers below, as they vary. Go ahead and sign up now, and the coupons and emails will start rolling in while you are busy planning a birthday party.

Times Square's Biggest New Attraction is a Hugely Fun Miniature World

They say big things come in small packages. Gulliver's Gate, the newest attraction to arrive in Times Square, proves just that. Now open for previews—with its official opening slated for early May—this inspiring destination shrinks our global community into 49,000 square feet of captivating detail, giving visitors a glimpse at all corners of the world.

My daughters and I attended a preview and, even though some parts are still in the works, we agree Gulliver's Gate definitely deserves its spot on our 2017 GoList. We've got tips for exploring this exhibit with kids, including some fun facts about the displays, engaging interactive elements, and other perks.

Indoor Activities: 25 Ways To Spend a Rainy Day in NJ

Rainy days may be perfect for curling up with a book or stomping in puddles, but sometimes busy kids need more boredom-busters on stormy days. No matter the season, NJ has a great array of indoor fun for the whole family, from museums and indoor play spaces to bowling alleys and roller rinks. If staying dry sounds better, check out our ideas for rainy day fun at home and make the most of those rain clouds!  

Best Children's Playgrounds on Long Island

One feature that makes Long Island a wonderful place to raise a family is an abundance of parks and playgrounds. They are, of course, great places for little ones to get valuable exercise (and have fun), but are also ideal places for parents to chat while their kids play.

We’ve scouted the best playgrounds across the Island—in Nassau, Suffolk and on the East End—where you’ll find plenty of space for you and your little ones to enjoy. For more playground inspiration, check our guide to day trips to Long Island's top parks.


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